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A Complete Guide to Install Kodi for Android Phone (with Pictures)

Author by Kevincy

Updated on Mar 27, 2020

Kodi brings you a more elegant and comfortable movie-watching experience, which can be said to be the well-deserved No. 1 software of its kind. The most praiseworthy point is that it's free, open source, cross-platform with low configuration requirement. In this post below, I'll introduce the detailed step-by-step guide to install Kodi for Android phone.

Kodi provides you with a one-stop and the most straightforward way to play or manage local media files on your Android smartphone, or even for online streaming subscription. Unlike other Android players, Kodi directly transforms your Android phone into a portable media hub. Sounds great? Why don't you try it by yourself? An interest always starts from an unintentional attempt, and I'm sure you'll be addicted to it. Next, I'll show you how to install and configure Kodi for Android phone in more detail.

Kodi for Android Phone

How to Install Kodi on Android Phone via Google Play Store?

Kodi Android is originally designed for Android set-top-boxes, but it's also accessible to Android phone and tablet. For most Android smartphones, the process of installing the Kodi app will be very simple, it's is available on Google Play Store - the direct method to install Kodi on Android phone. However, please note that Kodi v17 and later versions require Android 5.0 or higher.


Step 1. Tap Google Play Store app on the Home Screen of your Android phone and log in your account. You can also visit this page via your browser: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.xbmc.kodi

Step 2. Search for Kodi app in the top search bar.

Step 3. Tap Install button and wait for the downloading and installation. After done, tap the Open button to run Kodi for Android phone.

Tips: The Play Store will automatically install the correct version of Kodi compatible with your phone and handle the future updates.

Install Kodi via Play Store

How to Install Kodi on Android Phone via APK File?

Although it's a rare case, some people cannot find the Kodi app in Google Play Store or there is no Play Store app on some custom-built Android phones. So you have to negative to Kodi official website and install the APK file directly.


Step 1. Go to Kodi official download page: https://kodi.tv/download

Step 2. Scroll down the page and tap on the Android.

Step 3. Tap 32bit or 64bit version based on the hardware and OS of your phone.

Tips: ARMV7A (32bit) is for most users regardless of your devices SoC, while ARMV8A (64bit) version requires the Soc & Android version to be 64bit.

Step 4. You're prompted to download and save the APK file on your Android phone.


Install Kodi via APK File

Tips: After downloading, it may need permission to install the APK file. Just go to Settings on the Home Screen > Security > ENABLE "Unknown sources". The option name and procedure may vary on a case-by-case basis.


Enable Permission to Install Kodi APK

How to Set up Kodi on Android Phone?

For the first time you run Kodi on your Android phone, it requires access to your device media and files. Just tap Allow button.

Authorize Access to Android Phone


Now, say hello to Kodi, you've entered the main interface. There are different categories listed on the left sidebar, and you can go to Movies, Videos, TV shows, Music, Music videos, Pictures and import your local media files. Kodi will scan and list all your media files. This is just the basic setup guide. For more detailed settings, please visit: https://kodi.wiki/view/Settings

Kodi Main Interface on Android Phone


Compared with installing Kodi on Windows PC, it's a bit time-consuming to configure Kodi on Android phone. However, the first step is always difficult. Once you've finished preparatory work, leave the rest to Kodi. It's a more elegant and professional way to manage your media files on Android phone.

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